SPECT

SPECT

Effective viewing in a short time

SPECT, which is similar to computed tomography devices and described as a nuclear tomographic imaging technique performed with gamma rays, is used in the imaging of scintigraphic examinations with single photon radiation.

SPECT converts 2D images scanned from different angles by a gamma camera into 3D tomographic images with the help of a computer. Although it is no different from a gamma camera in terms of operating principle, SPECT detectors are usually designed to rotate 180-360 degrees. Images obtained with the SPECT method; When combined with computed tomography (CT) images, it can give more accurate localization.

Effective viewing in a short time

Patients who will be imaged with the SPECT method are informed about the procedure beforehand: the duration of the application, such as staying still and in the position required by the examination. Sedation can also be applied to patients when necessary, by using auxiliary apparatus such as head and arm support to ensure patient comfort during imaging.

During SPECT single-photon beam computed tomography, the appropriate localization of the body according to the imaging indication must be included in the imaging area. 360-degree rotation angle is preferred in oncological SPECT applications. Considering the patient's inactivity time, it is recommended that the total exposure time should not exceed a certain period of time. In line with these recommendations, SPECT imaging parameters are selected in accordance with the patient's characteristics and test indication.

In Which Diseases is It Used?

This method is generally used in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (heart scintigraphy) and brain perfusion scintigraphy. In addition, organ scintigraphy such as bone, kidney, lung and liver can be applied it terms of tomography. Thanks to SPECT, applied dosimetric calculations can be performed with high accuracy, especially in the treatment of thyroid cancer, prostate cancer and neuroendocrine tumors. Thus, patients can be treated with a customized amount of radioactive material.

You can ask the expert team of Group Florence Nightingale Hospitals about SPECT (single-photon emission computerized tomography) and ask for suggestions about your question. To contact us, you can use the contact form on our website or call 0850 711 60 60.

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